Pretext: In the following post, I voice my advocacy of personal privacy. This post is inspired by the recent legal battle against the FBI that Apple Inc. has to face. The opinion is highly segregated. The content and information might be false.
Acknowledgement: I don’t really know what this part is for but just want to say that the post will gradually become more satirical and disillusioned and may eventually be vulgar. Viewer discretion is advised (?).
LEGAL BATTLE SPARKS WORLD-WIDE CONTROVERSY
It all started with the perpetrator’s iPhone in San Bernardino shooting. To cut a story short, the FBI confiscated the iPhone and they just could not unlock the phone. The FBI has demanded that Apple should decrypt the phone for them to gain access to allegedly vital information that could be applied to prevent another mass shooting from happening. However, Apple does not approve this method, stating that decrypting the iPhone means that users’ privacy is at risk, potentially building a backdoor for hackers and people with nefarious motives. Adding to the probable consequences, Apple also declares that they just cannot unlock the phone simply because their advanced encryption method could not be broken into. Now, the FBI’s next move is to throw a lawsuit at Apple, making the company comply to the FBI’s request.
‘He who gives freedom to safety gets none of them’
– Thomas Jefferson
Freedom has been a theme which runs through the course of human history. From the early ages of humanity, freedom has been a concept (though rather vague) which governs everything. We want to hunt, to search, to love, to live, to carry out creative tasks, to work without any limitations or restrictions. But, when the danger comes into play: wild predators, insects, poisonous animals, we have no choice but to seal ourselves inside a cocoon to safely avoid those threats. But then, are we sacrificing our freedom to gain protection? Imagine you are a villager and you build a giant wall (Trump pun intended) around your house to ward off those ‘illegal immigrants’. Feeling safe and sound and… hungry, one day, you want to leave the protection of the barrier to hunt for food. You realize that once you have got into this comfy protection, you have now developed a fear for the unknown. You do not want to be mauled to death by whatever is in the forest (or jungle); you do not want to trip a tree branch and fall to your ultimate demise; you definitely do not want to get lost in uncharted wilderness. Then, you die from starvation and boredom.
You see, the world today is pretty much the same. Our houses are the walls and outside are the uncharted territories. And with the technological advances, we now have something called privacy – to me, it’s a bubble which separates your private life and social life – to worry about. In those bubbles, we keep our closely guarded secrets: from love letters to shady websites, from business selfies to nude portraits, from whatever it is to whatever that is. Obviously enough, we really don’t want these social hazards to leak out to the public (which there already are hundreds of instances). Knowing that we treasure our privacy and our house obsessively, social media platform companies work to increase the viability of data encryption or in the latter case, curtain manufacturers will increase he density of the fabric used to make curtains so they can block more light thus making it impossible for outsiders to peek inside your HSH. These actions are beneficial to the masses since they provide a sort of freedom to do whatever you want, take whatever type of photos you like without the public’s knowledge. While on the other hand, pro-privacy courses of actions have proven headaches to law enforcements who want to prevent potentially deadly assaults between drug lords, criminals and terrorists who happen to use the highly encrypted products provided by the companies.
The privacy issues have only become more sensitive and highly debatable since then. Reaching the highest peak during recent years, with the latest Snowden leak and Apple vs. FBI shenanigans, more and more people are worried to tears:”Are my sensitive photos leaked? What about the videos? Hope they are not!” They do not want those gov’tal surveillance and seem-to-be anti-privacy acts to set a precedent for an Orwellian society. They certainly do not want anybody to watch them starring in a live bed-time movie. What can be done when we are living under a body of government which itself provides us with basic necessities – water, food, land, houses, etc.? A line has to be drawn between our photos and the prying eyes of governing bodies. However, easier said than done, we do not really know where to draw the line or how thick the one should be. Would we risk our identities or our thresholds for imminent lethal explosions? It is not a hard question to answer if you live in a remote island with no sovereignty or whatsoever. But you are practically living in a nutshell that potentially protects you, and you are to abide the rules set forth that nutshell to maintain order. It is a vicious circle with no full-stop, no definite answers.
I do not condemn malicious acts but I do need some privacy. That privacy should give me freedom to lead a life of fulfillment not a life of solitude – barred from stepping outside. Think of what profound effects that will ripple across the world if the FBI won the case? Would this world turn into an Orwellian where no one could live comfortably, write independently and love unconditionally?
* This post is published on March 13th, ’16 @ 03:15 AM GMT + 7:00 * All rights reserved.